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MUSIC RADAR - 2010





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Playing w/Clapton, McCartney & his new band
Joe Bosso, Mon 5 Jul 2010, 7:00 pm BST

Is Steve Gadd the most influential drummer of all time? Could be.
Along with Ringo Starr (with whom he's played alongside and
counts as a friend), he's one of the few sticksman whose licks
and patterns have been scrutinized, emulated and downright
ripped-off by millions of drummers across the globe.

And with a resume that boasts sessions and tours with the likes
of Chick Corea to Eric Clapton to Steely Dan to Paul McCartney to
James Taylor to Paul Simon to you-name them, he's put his indelible stamp on rock, jazz, blues, fusion and pop. If there's a form of
music he hasn't played, chances are it hasn't yet been invented.

"Every drummer wants to play like Gadd because he plays
perfect," Chick Corea once said. "He has brought orchestral
and compositional thinking to the drum kit while at the same
time having a great imagination and a great ability to swing."

From the mid-'80s till the early '90s, Gadd led The Gadd Gang
(which featured, in addition to Steve, guitarist Cornell Dupree,
bassist Eddie Gomez, keyboardist Richard Tee and saxophonist
Ronnie Cuber). The quintet tore it up on a number of critically
acclaimed recordings. And now Gadd is back with a new band,
the aptly named Steve Gadd And Friends, which sees him reunited
with Cuber and working with new recruits, Paul Bollenbeck on
guitar and Joey DeFrancesco on organ and trumpet. Late last
year they recorded a live set at Voce's Lounge in Scottsdale,
Arizona, which has now been released as the CD Live At Voce.

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  MUSIC RADAR: Career In Beats: Steve Gadd

We're big Steve Gadd fans here in the Rhythm office. So you can
imagine our delight at last week's news that the Mission From
Gadd tour has been rescheduled for September. In fact, we were
so delighted that we decided to take a look back at Gadd's four
decades at the top. From 'Chuck E' to Clapton, Steely Dan to
Paul Simon, we left no stone unturned. So, sit back and check
out the five beats that have defined the
legendary stickman's career.


Paul Simon – 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover

Surely the most iconic beat in Steve's considerable back catalogue
of licks. The military-style snare complements the track's delicate
guitar line perfectly. The main snare beat is beautifully punctuated
by the on-the-money hi-hat work. Check out the live video below
to see exactly why this is regarded as such a drum classic.


Steely Dan – 'Aja'

An eight-minute epic filled with hand/foot triplets, a classic
Gadd feel and a sublime solo, Steve recently told Rhythm that
his drum track for 'Aja' was in the bag after just two takes.
Take a listen to the 1979 original below to fully understand
just what an impressive feat that is.

'Aja' Fills Even the best part of three decades after it was recorded, drummers are still listening to 'Aja' in awe, hence this video which breaks down the iconic fills of the track. Take a look and learn all
about Gadd's use – and adaptation - of the ratamacue as 'Aja'
enters its final stages.

Rickie Lee Jones – 'Chuck E's In Love'

'Aja' wasn't the only iconic drum track Steve laid down in 1979.
He also got behind the kit for jazz pop breakthrough artist Rickie
Lee Jones on her hit single 'Chuck E's In Love'. Steve locks into
the song's laidback groove throughout, but it's the mid-track
breakdown that sets 'Chuck E's In Love' apart from the rest.

Paul Simon – 'Late In The Evening'

'Late In The Evening' sees Steve further his reputation as a
drummer not afraid of trying something beyond the norm as he
beats out a Mozambique groove with two sticks in each hand,
moving between the toms and floor tom rim to create yet another unmistakable Gadd lick and an absolutely irresistible groove.

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JAPAN'S Rhythm & Drums Magazine
  Steve Gadd: Rhythm & Drums Magazine (JAPAN)
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    All-American Bandsman
Rochester Times Union
January 5,1961

By Don Miller


How did you get started?

"I guess I was about 3 years old when I started
with knives and forks. My uncle, who is a drummer,
got me a pair of sticks."
 
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